“One thing you gotta remember, man. You’re out on patrol, there’s the world inside this squad car, then there’s everything else outside of it. The only thing keeping you from what’s out there is a couple of thin pieces of metal and glass. You gotta respect it. Your equipment too. I mean always respect your equipment. ” – Ray Mandel
Number of Times Seen – 1 (29 Jun 2020)
Brief Synopsis – A night in the life of a rookie patrolman who rides around the streets of LA with a veteran cop in order to learn the way of the job.
My Take on it – This is a movie that I heard about a few months ago, yet new absolutely noting about the premise.
The story is intriguing yet lacks focus which would help make it work much better.
The way that things progress helps make this movie feel like a long and drawn out episode of Cops that isn’t engaging enough.
They fail to develop the characters more thoroughly and instead we get what seems like a stereotypical rookie cop partnered with a seasoned veteran who must take care of the various menial aspects of the job as patrolmen over the course of this night.
The different kinds of “calls” that these men deal with over the course of their shift range over a lot of different kinds of things that cops specialize in yet none of the sub plots help make things more powerful because they all come across quite matter of fact-ly throughout.
There are some great TV shows that are able to do something similar to what they try to do here yet this film’s lack of real focus makes things far less entertaining to watch unfold.
Bottom Line – Intriguing idea that unfortunately doesn’t work as well as one might hope. This seems like a long episode of Cops that just isn’t very interesting. The characters aren’t developed well enough and it’s much harder to sympathize with either of them because of it. Because of this, they actually feel far too stereotypical as young rookie and seasoned veteran. The things that happen to them over the course of the night all seem like token ways of showing some of the issues police deal with on a day to day basis, yet nothing helps make things powerful enough to really get involved with all that is happening. There are some great TV procedurals that do this much better because this film lacks real focus.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – At 1:20.20 in the film a radio call for a shooting is reported at Hollenbeck and North Kitridge…the same location as the February 28, 1997 Bank of America, North Hollywood Shootout. (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)
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